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On valentine’s day… 14 love stories brought together celebrities in the time of beautiful art

Lovers celebrate Valentine’s Day every year, specifically on February 14, as it is an occasion to renew the vows of love between lovers. When we talk about love, we must talk about the most famous love stories that brought together artists and artists in the time of fine art. Although most of these great love stories ended in parting, they contained suspenseful details and many tender feelings, which young people still look up to as an example of romance. Therefore, we preferred to present to you on Valentine’s Day 14 love stories that brought together celebrities in the time of beautiful art.

Laila Mourad and Anwar Wagdy.

One of the strangest love stories in the artistic community, just as marriage was strange, separation came strange and strange. The love story between Laila Murad and Anwar Wagdy began in 1947 while they were filming the movie “Laila, the Poor Girl”. And rumors spread about the love story that quickly grew between them. During the filming of the movie, there was a scene depicting the wedding ceremony of the hero and heroine. The audience was surprised that Laila and Anwar had already tied the knot two days ago in the Sharia Court of First Instance in Egypt. The couple’s marriage lasted for 7 years, and despite the fact that they presented many successful films, their personal relationship was tense, due to Anwar Wagdy’s nervousness and extreme jealousy, which was most of the time artistic rather than emotional jealousy. Until the end came when producer Ahmed Salem asked Laila Murad to co-star in one of his films, to show jealousy on Anwar Wagdy, who left the marital home and refused to return unless his wife terminated the contract. However, promotional campaigns for the film had begun to spread, and Mohamed Fawzy began composing the film’s songs, so the producer refused attempts to terminate the contract. Anwar Wagdy returned home with the intention of ending the marriage, which made him divorce his wife in 1954 for a very strange reason. Where Laila Murad woke up one night to the sound of breaking dishes in the kitchen, so she went out to him and found Anwar Wagdy screaming: “The house has no cumin, lady.” She said: “So What, Anwar?! We can send someone to buy some.” Anwar shouted: “ So what?! Well, you are divorced, Laila.” Thus, one of the most famous and strangest love stories between artists ended.

Hoda Sultan and Farid Shawqi

A beautiful story of friendship and love that brought together Hoda Sultan and Farid Shawqi. Its beginning was inside Al-Nahhas Studio, where Farid Shawqi was filming one of his films. Huda Sultan, who was at the beginning of her artistic career, was preparing to sign a contract with the producer, who introduced her to those in the studio. Among them is Farid Shawqi. Where he welcomed her and kept stealing glances at her. Hoda Sultan was feeling hungry and thirsty during the month of Ramadan, so Farid Shawqi approached her and asked her: “Would you like a soda?” Huda Sultan refused and replied: ‘No’. I’m fasting.” Farid Shawqi was surprised and asked her: “Fasting?!” then she answered: “I pray too.. is this too hard to believe?” He answered: with a smile: No, not at all! From that time, Hoda Sultan began following Farid Shawqi’s news and watching all his films, until fate brought them together to co-star in the movie “Opression”. The two converged to begin a journey of friendship and then love, which culminated in marriage in 1951 after the completion of filming the movie, and they had two daughters, “Nahed” and “Maha”.  The story of their love and marriage, which lasted for 18 years, became the path of admiration for their colleagues in the actomh community, until a sudden divorce occurred in 1969, the reason for which no one knows until today. The couple refused to state the reason, despite the many rumors that had spread about them.

Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif

The most famous love stories in the artistic community are the ones that brought together Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif. The first meeting between them was during the filming of the movie “Struggle in the Valley”. At the time, Faten Hamama was married to director Ezzedine Zulficar, but she was not happy with her husband, who was years older than her. Despite her constant objection to the scenes of kisses in her films, she agreed to a kiss scene with Omar Sharif in the film, which caused a state of astonishment for everyone. A scene that ignited the fires of love in their hearts. Faten Hamama decided to separate from her husband, and married Omar Sharif in 1955, after he converted to Islam, and changed his name from Michel Shalhoub to Omar Sharif. During their 19-year marriage, they had their son, Tariq. After the international fame achieved by the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”, Omar Sharif decided to settle in Europe, and Faten Hamama traveled with him. Who decided over time to return to Egypt because of his constant preoccupation with her, and asked him to return with her, but he refused to sacrifice the dream of worldly for her. Therefore, the couple decided to separate in 1966 without a divorce, and Faten Hamama remained married to Omar Sharif on paper for 8 years, before officially filing for divorce in 1974. Despite the marriage of Faten Hamama after that to Dr. Muhammad Abdel Wahab, and her repeated statements that she does not like to talk about her love story with Omar Sharif in consideration of her husband’s feelings, this did not prevent the press and media from constantly highlighting her.

Samia Gamal and Rushdi Abaza

As usual, love stories between artists start behind the scenes in films. This time with the scenes of the movie “The Second Man”, which brought together Samia Gamal and Rushdi Abaza, who was married at the time to an American woman. Where all the staff in the film noticed the mutual admiration between them, which crossed the boundaries of fellowship and friendship, and everyone warned her because of what was known about Rushdi Abaza’s multiple relationships, so that he was nicknamed “Don Juan”. After that, Rushdi Abaza and Samia Gamal traveled a lot to attend and promote the film’s premiere. News of their relationship spread in all newspapers and media outlets, and caused disputes between Rushdie and his American wife. Then Samia decided to move away so that it would not be said that she was the reason for their divorce and the destruction of the family. Rushdi Abaza tried to save his marriage, especially for the sake of his daughter, Qusmat. However, things did not improve between the spouses and the separation took place. Samia returned to communicate with him and strengthened her relationship with his daughter and mother. The echoes of their love story resounded within the artistic community, and many artists, critics and journalists bet that it would end quickly. The second married in 1958, and Samia retired from dancing to take care of her husband and her home, and Al-Dingwan turned into a homely man and a devoted husband. Until Samia was surprised by Rushdie’s marriage to the artist Sabah, disputes flared up between them and Samia left the house and asked for a divorce. Rushdie tried to reconcile with her, and even attempted suicide by shooting himself, had it not been for the intervention of his cousin, who repaired the relationship between him and Samia. With time, Rushdi Abaza began to return to his old way of life, and became up every night and got drunk a lot, and his nervousness increased, especially after the death of his friend, director Ezzedine Zulficar. Samia Gamal has been with her husband for many years, tolerating his mood swings, forgiving him for his behavior, and trying to persuade him to stop drinking. Until she got tired of it, she gave up and filed for divorce in 1977, after 18 years of marriage. Samia Gamal refused to marry after Rushdi Abaza. When I learned of his death, he went to his funeral in disguise so as not to draw attention to her. She also used to visit his grave constantly and recite the Qur’an to him.

Shwikar and Fouad Al Mohandes

Fouad Al Mohandes and Shweikar are the most famous and happiest couple in the artistic community. They were united by a great love story that began in 1963, when they participated in the play “The Executive Secretary”. Where the two exchanged feelings of admiration and strengthened their relationship and became close. Until the time came to present the play “I, He and She”, and Fouad Al-Mohandes was sure of the truth of his feelings, and decided to propose to her on stage. During the presentation of the theatrical performance, he departed from the text, saying: “Will you marry me, Cookie?” Shwikar replied, saying: “Why not?” As for the story of their marriage, it was the strangest thing, as the two were filming the movie “Running from Marriage”, and there was a scene that brought them together while Fouad Al-Mohandes wore a suit and Shwikar wore a bride dress and veil. The two took advantage of this scene and, after filming, went to the marriage registrar at two o’clock in the morning, to get married in the same clothes as the movie. Despite their 20-year marriage, Fouad Al-Mohandes and Shwikar separated in 1983 in complete silence, without either of them stating the reasons for the separation. Nevertheless, a strong friendship remained between them, and they remained in constant contact until the death of Fouad Al-Muhandis.

Magda and Ihab Nafeh

When Magda married Ihab Nafeh, he was not working as an actor at the time, but rather as a fighter pilot. However, their love story was one of the most famous stories in the artistic community, especially after Magda persuaded her husband to enter the world of art, and her participation in the movie “The Naked Truth”, which was the beginning of his long artistic career. The beginning of their love story came when the two met by chance at a party held by the Russian embassy, and a long dialogue took place between them in politics, art and culture. At the end of the ceremony, he insisted on driving her home. When Magda noticed his admiration for her, she told him that she was divorced and her heart was still closed. He replied that he had the key. Indeed, he succeeded in making her fall in love with him, and the couple married in 1963, and they had their daughter, Ghada. The duo separated after 4 years, after differences erupted between them when Ihab Nafeh decided to reside in Lebanon because of his differences with the political leadership at the time, and Magda did not agree to travel with him. But the good relationship between them remained, to the extent that Magda accompanied Ehab Nafeh in the hospital when he fell ill, and she also stood up by herself to receive his condolences after his death.

Shadia and Salah Zulfikar

The first meeting between Shadia and Salah Zulficar came while they were working together in the movie “Oyoun Sahrana” in 1957. Shadia was married at the time to Imad Hamdi, but the relationship between them was tense, and ended in separation in the same year. Feelings of love began to grow between them, but the story of their love remained undisclosed to people. They even presented their second movie “More Precious Than My Life” in 1965. The couple got married after this movie, and their love story became one of the most beautiful love stories in the artistic community. Shadia even felt homesick, but the loss of her fetus frustrated her, especially as she repeatedly lost her dream of having children, which left a huge impact on her psyche, which in turn affected their married life. They divorced in August of 1969. Then their family members and close friends sought to restore their relationship. After showing them that the beautiful love story ends due to minor differences. Indeed, their attempts to get the couple back together in September of the same year succeeded. The differences between them renewed and the final divorce took place in the middle of 1973. You did not find the attempts of friends and close people to reconcile them this time.

Shahira and Mahmoud Yassin

A love story is the longest in the artistic community, the one that brought together Shahira and Mahmoud Yassin, as it spanned half a century since their marriage in 1970. As for the details of the first meeting, it was inside the studio when Mahmoud Yassin was starring in the movie “We Don’t Grow Thistles.” She was famous at the time, a student at the Institute of Dramatic Arts. A love story arose between them, which lasted for several months before the artist Ahmed Zaki asked Mahmoud Yassin to put that relationship in an official framework, for fear of Shahira. Indeed, Mahmoud Yassin proposed to her family, and they married the following year, after a 9-month courtship period. Then they had their two sons, Rania and Amr. Shahira decides to retire, wear the hijab, and devote herself to taking care of her family. Friendly and understanding continued to dominate their marriage, which lasted 50 years, and only one divorce disturbed the relationship between them, but the couple soon returned to each other, and they remained together until the death of Mahmoud Yassin in 2020.

Shams Al-Baroudi and Hassan Youssef

Lebanon witnessed the beginning of the great love story between Shams Al-Baroudi and Hassan Youssef, while they were filming the movie “Love Journey”. As the two were attracted to each other, Hassan Youssef felt that he had united the girl who could be a wife and mother to his children. The couple married in 1972, and because of his jealousy over her, the husband asked his wife not to act except in front of him. Shams agreed to his request, even though she was at the height of her brilliance and stardom. Despite the intense love they had for each other, the couple separated after two months of marriage due to some disagreements. After the waiting period ended, Shams was preparing to announce her marriage again. However, Hassan Youssef asked her to return to his infallibility. Indeed, the couple remarried in 1973, and their marriage continues until now. They had 4 children, “Nariman”, “Mahmoud”, “Omar” and “Abdullah”. In 1982, after performing the rites of Umrah, Shams Al-Baroudi decided to retire from art and wear the veil, which encouraged her husband to adhere to religion, so he changed the character of the naughty young man who used to present it in films, and began presenting serious personalities, as he participated in many religious dramas. Despite the rumors that haunt Shams Al-Baroudi from time to time, and the constant announcement of her taking off the veil and returning to acting. However, she denies all these news and announces her adherence to the beautiful love story that brings together her family members, preferring the warmth of the home over the lights of fame and stardom.

Bossi and Nour Sharif

The beautiful love story between Bossi and Nour Al Sharif began at a young age, when Bossi was fifteen years old. The duo met behind the scenes of the filming of the series “Cairo and the People”, to start the spark of mutual love between them. When Nour al-Sharif went to ask her father for her hand, he was surprised by her family’s rejection, which was seeking to marry her to a businessman who would guarantee her a comfortable life. However, Bossi stuck to her love and stood up to her parents and insisted on marrying Nour Al Sharif. She even threatened to commit suicide if the family refused their marriage. Her parents were forced to agree, so the couple married in 1972 and had two daughters, “May” and “Sarah”. Their love story became the talk of the artistic community. However, in 2006, the surprise was when the artistic community woke up to the news of the separation of Nour and Bossi after a marriage that lasted about 34 years. Even if one of them reveals the reasons for divorce. The divorce lasted for 9 years, during which time they remained close friends. Until Nour Al Sharif was diagnosed with lung cancer, the two decided to get back together at the beginning of 2015. Bossi stood next to her husband in his ordeal, and accompanied him in the journey of his illness, until he died in August of the same year, and the lover of his life was next to him in his last moments.

Mervat Amin and Hussein Fahmy

Looks full of love and admiration started between Mervat Amin and Hussein Fahmy during the filming of “Nagham Hayati”. Hussein Fahmy was married at the time and had two children, which made them ignore these feelings. Their work together is repeated in several films, and the attraction between them increases, until they fail to hide their love more than that, and rumors start chasing them. Hussein Fahmy used to feel remorse every time he saw his wife wounded. They had no solution but to separate after 12 years of marriage, so Hussein Fahmy decided to marry Mervat Amin during the filming of the movie “A Call After Midnight” in 1974. Even director Helmy Rafla filmed the wedding scene in the movie with the couple’s true joy dress and suit, so that the movie became a wedding celebration. The duo gave birth to their daughter, “Menat Allah”, and lived happily without quarrels and quarrels. Where the husband always accused his wife of being preoccupied with him and taking care of her work more, the differences between them increased with time. The mediation of friends and relatives to reconcile between them failed. The two separated in 1986. Despite the divorce, the good relationship between them continued, in the presence of their daughter, who they were keen to appear with her on all her special occasions.

Somaya Al-Alfi and Farouk Al-Fishawy

A dreamy love story between a young man and a teenage girl. The girl is Somaya Al-Alfi, a first-year student at the Faculty of Arts, and the young man is Farouk Al-Fishawy, who was a student in the last year at the Institute of Dramatic Arts. They met together to present the play “Cinderella” at the Children’s Culture Palace, which brought them together the feelings of love that culminated in their marriage in 1979, while the two were taking their first steps in the world of fame. Their marriage lasted 16 years, during which they got two sons, “Ahmed” and “Omar”. The wife bore in them her husband’s betrayal of her and his multiple whims. But what she cannot bear is his addiction to drugs, and yet she remained by his side until he overcame that crisis and got rid of his addiction completely, after which Somaya filed for divorce in 1995. Despite their divorce, a strong friendship remained between them. They were also the best support for each other, especially after Farouk al-Fishawi’s cancer. Where Somaya stood next to Farouk on the journey of his illness and treatment until God passed away.

Hala Fouad and Ahmed Zaki

An innocent romantic love story that ended quickly because of the stubbornness between its two sides, Hala Fouad and Ahmed Zaki. Although it ended early, its echoes did not end in the heart and conscience of Ahmed Zaki, who always confirmed that Hala Fouad was the love of his life that he lost and lost forever. Therefore, he refused to marry after that until the last day of his life. Indeed, the two got married after a love story that is considered one of the most famous love stories in the film community. The story began when the duo met during the filming of the series “The Man Who Lost His Memory Twice”, and love quickly developed between them. At the time, Hala dreamed of working as a broadcaster, while Ahmed dreamed of stability, marriage, and building a large family that would compensate him for the feeling of orphan and deprivation he suffered in his childhood. He offered her to marry, to help her to be a broadcaster, and to stay away from art so that she would not be distracted from her home and family. Hala agreed, and the marriage took place in 1983, and soon they had their only son, Haitham. Disagreements began between them after Hala announced her desire to continue working in art and acting, which was rejected by Ahmed Zaki, who wanted his wife to quit acting and devote herself to raising their son. In the end, problems overcame love, and quarrels and disagreements abounded, so Hala asked for a divorce after only two years of marriage, and completed her artistic career and remarried, until she retired from art after suffering from cancer. When Ahmed Zaki received the news of Hala Fouad’s death, he fell into a state of hysteria and attempted suicide because of his grief over her passing. He confirmed on more than one occasion that he rushed to divorce her, and his deep regret because he did not know that she loved art to such an extent, and that he wronged her because of his refusal to fulfill her dream of being an actress. To bring the curtain down on their love story with a more tragic end, with the death of Ahmed Zaki of cancer in 2005, and the death of their son, the young actor Haitham Ahmed Zaki in 2019.

Dalal Abdulaziz and Samir Ghanem

Since its beginning, the love story that united Dalal Abdel Aziz and Samir Ghanem has been a proverbial in the artistic community. It is one of the most famous stories of successful marriage, which has been known for its strength and continuity for many years. Unusually, the starting point was with Dalal Abdel Aziz, who had fallen in love with Samir Ghanem, and decided to marry him. So she kept chasing him everywhere until feelings of admiration began to grow within him. However, he was afraid of the idea of marriage, especially since the age difference between them was 23 years. After long pursuits for 4 years, and although many of their friends in the artistic community tried to warn Dalal about this marriage and advised her to stay away from him, she insisted on marrying Samir, who agreed after the artist Farid Shawqi’s advice to him to marry Dalal. She did what she wanted, as the couple got married in 1984, and they had their sons “Dunia” and “Amal”. The couple lived happily and peacefully together for 37 years. Until the end of the beautiful journey was written with the death of the duo in 2021, after contracting the Corona virus. To bring the curtain down on the legendary love story between a duo that was not like other duets in the artistic community  .

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